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To the electronic home of the National Butterfly Association, and the sailboat it represents, the Butterfly. On this site you will find information on the Butterfly sailboat and the class Association, including historical records, recent class news, upcoming National Events, Results, Boats and Parts Wanted and For Sale in the Exchange, and details on the boat itself including builder information and parts prices.

Quiz #1 results

Quiz #1 is closed, with no winner! Thirteen sailors submitted complete answers, but most missed #1 by simply saying the Racing Rules or something similar - which is very close but not quite completely correct. Everyone got #2 right, there was enough of a hint in the question. But a number got #3 very wrong. Five people clicked on the 'Submit' button but never clicked on 'Send', so we really don't know what they were thinking. And 2 sailors asked good questions instead of submitting answers. And the answers to #4 were scattered, its clear that this is misunderstood by many. This weekend (Memorial weekend) we will post the correct answers, and also start Quiz #2.

Regatta Season is coming - Are You Ready?

Do you know the Rules? They are the basis of our sport, the many little details that control what we sail, how we sail, how we govern the sport to make it as fair as possible. Unfortunately there are some who think their opinions are more important than the Rules. So to get ready for the sailing season, its time to test your knowledge, to see if you are really ready, and to help you better prepare if you are not.

Quiz #1. The first to submit the correct answers gets a new Butterfly hiking strap, free, from JimYoungSailing.com.

1. What are the Rules?

2. How are violations of the Rules heard and decided?

3. Who can Protest?

4. When do the Rules apply?

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Quiz #1 closes Wednesday May 20, at 6 pm Central Time.

Regatta Season is coming - Are You Ready?

June and July are just around the corner, and with those pages on the calendar come the two major Butterfly events of the year, the Singe-Handed National Championship and the Open & Junior Nationals.

The Singles come up first, near the end of June on the 25th and 26th in a Thursday/Friday format. Home club is the Grand Rapids Yacht Club, hosting the event for the first time since 2007. This regatta has been traveling around the country, from MO to CO to WI to TX to back in MI, to help promote Butterfly sailing outside of the most active area, Michigan. Now its Michigan's turn again, two years after Spring Lake hosted a small but competitve fleet in unusually strong and shifty winds. What will Reeds Lake offer the fleet this year? Are you getting ready?

And the Open & Junior Nationals return to Spring Lake in mid-July, 14th through the 16th, the first time this regatta returns to one of its customary sites since 2009. This is normally the biggest event for the class, and to help handle the event chores, the organizers have created a web site just for the event at butterflynationals.org to handle all of the regatta chores, from entry to scoring to results.

Notice of Race for both events are available on the Events page. See you on the water in Michigan this summer!

Two different boats from the same photo. Why do they look different?

Do you know how a mast works with the sail? Do you know and understand the differences in the masts that have been sold as 'standard equipment' by the various builders with new boats?











What do you think this is?

Do you know what the inside of a Butterfly looks like? And a better question, do you think all Butterflys look the same on the inside, as built new by the builders?










For the first month of 2015, we have had the wrong dates, in June, posted on the Events page for
the 2015 Jr/Open Nationals at Spring Lake, MI;
the regatta will be, as usual, in mid-July, Jul 14-16. Watch that page for the NOR and Entry Forms.

Glen Lake 2014- and the top two make it three years in a row!

a 2010 Junior start at Glen LakeThe 2014 Open and Junior Nationals are now in the books, with the Open fleet making a historical first, with same top two for three years in a row; Colorado's Jim Young in 1st and Spring Lake's Frank Reeg in 2nd. Chasing them were Glen Lake local Jackson Hamilton in 3rd, one to the top sailors from the class in the 70's, Stu Meecham from Illinois in 4th, and Torch Lake junior Wade Lorimer in 5th. Women's Champ was Sara Reid.

In the Junior Nationals, Grand Rapid's Ben Finkelstein came in on top of the 4 race series, followed by Noah Walters (Spring Lake) and Wade Lorimer. Youngest Skipper and the Teddy Knape Memorial for top results in the Juniors for a sailor under 12, went to Jenna Wynsma from Grand Rapids.

Glen Lake continues to be one of the favorites of the class, beautiful water surrounded by the Sleeping Bear sand dunes, plus the nearby town of Glen Arbor, the capital of the Cherry Republic! This year, the weather had the opportunity to change that - but after a really cold and drippy Tune Up race on Tuesday, the weather impoved quickly. Wednesday was light air and big shifts, with a few puffs hinting at more that never came in. Thursday was more classic Glen, light to nothing easterly 'sucker' winds until the faithful thermal came in shortly after 1 pm, allowing each fleet two races in better winds, that picked up all afternoon. The Open fleet went planing back to the beaches after the last race ended, just before 5 pm.

Cruise on over to the regatta web site for complete results. (photo above of a junior start at the 2010 Junior Nationals on Glen Lake).

All you need to know is at the regatta web site, www.regattanetwork.com/event/8365

In class news, Patrick Reeg (Spring Lake) succeeds Dan Lorimer as class Commodore, and will organize the 2015 Open/Junior Nationals at Spring Lake in mid-July.

2014 Singles Champ: Doug Peckover, again!

Michael Harvat photoDoug Peckover, a former Laser World Masters Champion from Dallas who is still active on the Laser World circuit, and many-time Butterfly champion and former Olympic coach Jim Young, down from his mountain home in Colorado, did battle at Long Lake in Wisconsin over two days of light, shifty conditions, seemingly without regard for the other 17 boats on the water. It didn't matter where they were early, or even in the middle of the race, in the end they were in front. Doug won 3 races and scored 2 2nds for 7 points, Jim had 2 bullets to go with 2 2nds and a 3rd for 9 points, while their final race, final leg luffing match let Joe Terry from Port Edwards WI sneak past for the other race win. In third was Long Lake regatta organizer Rob Jossert with 24 pts, 4th was Lake du Bay, WI sailor Dennis Gamble with 26 pts, and 5th with 27 pts went to one of the late 70's-early 80's big guns in the class, Stu Meecham from Champaign, IL, in his first Butterfly regatta in 30 years.

Local Cherrie Catlin took home the Womens trophy in 7th overall, and still-lightweight Hank Sims from Lake du Bay, who won a Singles race two years ago, took Top Junior in 10th - and his family won the new sail that was the Big Prize on Bingo Night!

Winds were Long Lake normal, meaning nasty shifts and phantom puffs. Young, who also won the Tune-Up on Friday, had two horizon jobs on the fleet, in the first and 5th races, while Doug got away for one easy victory. Twice the two were burried mid-fleet at the half-way point, and each time they continued their own private battle while sailing past the rest of the fleet to finish in the top 3.

The regatta stands out for the food - each food event was hosted at a local family house on the lake, and the quality and quantity of food for breakfasts, dinners, and the final day pre-awards lunch was simply beyond outstanding. A huge thanks to the organizer and all those families for setting a standard that will be hard to beat.

complete results

Yesterday, and Tomorrow

We have started a long project, scanning in old printed editions of the class newsletter, The Butterflyer. We will make them available here as we get them done, and gradually add them to the History section of the web site, so everyone can see what has happened in the long life of this fun boat.

The first 6 years are now up! These are all pdf files, so you will need Adobe Reader - and they are all multipage files, so expect them to take a bit to upload;

The Butterflyer #1 1965
The Butterflyer #2 1965

The Butterflyer #1 1968
The Butterflyer #2 1968
The Butterflyer #3 1968
The Butterflyer #4 1968

The Butterflyer #1 1966
The Butterflyer #2 1966

The Butterflyer #1 1969
The Butterflyer #2 1969
The Butterflyer #3 1969

The Butterflyer #1 1967
The Butterflyer #2 1967
The Butterflyer #3 1967
The Butterflyer #1 1970
The Butterflyer #2 1970


2007 Singles at Grand Rapids MI Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 edition

This is the Study Edition of Racing Rules of Sailing - ISAF edition - click the title above, and learn what the Rules really say.




An animated guide to tying all the knots you'll ever need on a sailboat. Fun learning tool.

  Does anyone have news about some of the early pioneers of the class? News clippings from early events? We'd like to hear about it, send an email to the Butterflyer.

The Butterfly sailboat is one of the originators of the "one-design" sailing concept. In existence since 1962, the class is virtually unchanged, with only updates to hardware and fittings with new materials plus refinements and innovations in the internal structure to make a stronger, longer-lasting boat. Over 10,000 boats have been built since then, with the boat finding its way to cottages as a vacation boat, at home as a family recreation boat, in yacht club programs as a very successful junior training boat, and in racing, where the class has men, women, youth to masters, all competing together equally on a boat where the biggest single difference is the sailor.

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